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Jennie's Journey

Oliebollen, anyone?

With Sunnyside's annual Cinco de Mayo celebration just around the corner, I have been busy working on our special section promoting the event.

I see Cinco de Mayo as a celebration of Sunnyside, although not everyone understands all the hoopla.

The event brings tourists from near and far to the community, enlightening those who do not understand the history behind the Mexican culture.

My aim with the section was to help those who do not understand the traditions and history behind Cinco de Mayo to gain a better perspective on a culture that has woven itself into the local community.

While working on the various stories, I began to think about Sunshine Days and its purpose.

The September event is intended to celebrate Sunnyside's history and traditions. Unfortunately, it seems fewer people attend the event and that saddens me because the community should be just as proud of Sunshine Days as those who are proud of Cinco de Mayo.

Sunshine Days, as I see it, is an opportunity that many have not yet discovered. I look around at the community, knowing there is a Dutch population with much to share.

I wish the friends I have developed within the community would perhaps bring Dutch flare to Sunshine Days. I know many busily volunteer their time and efforts in various projects, but maybe this could be another project that could blossom from their tender care.

The Dutch have contributed greatly to the growth of Sunnyside throughout its nearly 110-year history.

I think the Dutch make the community unique in its own way and Sunshine Days could become a unique celebration with Dutch desserts and delights.

I can't think of another community in the state that highlights the contributions of those who have moved to Washington from the Netherlands with exception of the Tulip Festival in Skagit Valley. But, that festival only highlights the beautiful blooms grown there.

The Dutch have treats like rich chocolates and Oliebollen, favorites of many. There are traditional fashions associated with Holland that could be shared like the wooden shoes and bonnets unique in style.

Those from the Netherlands are also proud of the cheeses made in Holland. I think I would love to visit a vendor selling gouda or edam. I also think Delft would be popular among visitors.

The event could be another highlight of Sunnyside's culture. I believe travelers would flock to the community to experience another cultural event.

The stage could be the centerpiece for performers of Levenslied. That would be interesting to me and I believe many others.

However, all these possibilities could only become reality with the efforts of those who seek opportunities to highlight what I believe is a culture that enriches this community.

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